Volunteer Opportunity

AmeriCorps Member Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach

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Sewa International USA

Published 4 months ago

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Note: to apply for this position please complete the application at

Position Summary

This is an AmeriCorps Member position with the nonprofit Sewa International. To learn more about AmeriCorps please visit

Essential to the resilience of any community in the face of disaster, whether natural or man-made, is a state of preparedness that includes critical knowledge of resources and safety protocols. The AmeriCorps Disaster Preparedness Outreach Specialist leads the community education arm of Sewa International’s Disaster Services.

During Blue-Sky periods, these Members fan out into the community (with a specific focus on the marginalized, the underserved, seniors, children and those with special needs) to educate the population on the importance of preparedness and community networking to increase resilience during a disaster. These efforts are intended to mitigate damages, save lives and enhance the recovery potential of any community impacted by disaster.

Essential Functions

Provide workshops and presentations to help individuals design and implement disaster preparedness plans for their families, neighborhoods and communities, with a focus on readiness, resilience, and a reduction of risks associated with natural and man-made disasters;

Ongoing development and enhancement of a dynamic disaster preparedness workshop and plan for delivery to local organization and affiliates;

Research, identify, and disseminate disaster preparedness promising practices and internationally-accepted standards throughout the Sewa community.

Develop and maintain strong external relationships with peer organizations, partners, government agencies, volunteers and donors;

Work in tandem with affiliate volunteers to enhance viability of temples to serve as shelters in the aftermath of disasters

Provide surge capacity to affiliates post-disaster, as needed

Marginal Functions

Supports other Disaster Services efforts, as long as these activities are within the AmeriCorps guidelines and do not take away time from the essential functions of the Member service position

Members may be required to perform other position-related instructions within the scope of their normal service activities, as requested by their Supervisor, in alignment with the terms and conditions of the AmeriCorps grant, and subject to reasonable accommodation.

Working Relationships

Members are expected to interface professionally, ethically, cooperatively, productively and effectively with the Disaster Services Coordinator, other Members with whom they serve, community partners and the general community they are serving.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Bilingual preferred -- Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Urdu or Chinese

Public speaking skills

Strong writing skills 

Ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds

Proven organizational skills

Self-initiative and responsibility

Ability to work well in a Team 

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

A commitment to humanitarian issues, equal access to opportunity, and building resilient, welcoming communities

Academic, Training and Experience Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or ongoing studies and comparable work experience in that can be applied to the requirements of this position

Service Conditions

Must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent U.S. resident. 

Enrollment in the program is contingent on the results of a National Service Criminal History Check that includes FBI fingerprinting and national record check, National Sex Offender Registry, and state criminal background check.

Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands

Physical demands include: transportation of lightweight boxes of brochures for presentation set-up and arrangement of chairs at presentation site

The intellectual demands include: capacity for research, knowledge of the material, and an ability to assess needs of the intended audience to determine the necessary response

Equipment Used



Microsoft Office


Special Conditions of Service

Intermittent access to vulnerable populations


The Member is required to wear appropriate attire including the AmeriCorps Logo at all times during service hours


This position will occasionally require driving or carpooling to Rosharon, TX.


Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, epidemics or other emergencies may necessitate service be provided remotely or virtually using cellular or internet platforms.


In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may be asked on a volunteer basis or be required by OneStar to activate to assist in disaster response and recovery activities within their communities. This may involve virtual service opportunities or in-person service opportunities. This may include service opportunities outside of the member’s standard service hours or in place of their standard service duties. In the event of a large-scale, high needs local, state, or federal disaster, AmeriCorps members may voluntarily or be required by OneStar to deploy to an area outside of their service area to assist in disaster response and recovery activities.

Sewa International, Inc. provides equal opportunity for all. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper criterion.

All AmeriCorps members have the right to request a reasonable accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of their position. Reasonable accommodations may be provided upon request. If you are a person with a disability and you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact: Carole Juárez, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, 713.931.4403 or


Monthly living stipend

Education award upon completion of the service year

Access to the AmeriCorps job portal and other federal job listings

Access the the AmeriCorps alumni network

Access to Sewa’s large network of organizations and professionals in the non-proft and for-profit sectors

Development of key skills, such as: servant leadership, communication, problem solving and creativity

Opportunity to have a positive impact on the life of those in need

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Position Summary

This is an AmeriCorps Member position with the nonprofit Sewa International. To learn more about AmeriCorps please visit https…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location


Houston, TX

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